Overkill: An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
The overuse of medical care and its negative impact on personal health and finances is an emerging concern. This magazine article provides insights from a surgeon about how providing unnecessary care can contribute to patient harm and waste. Consequences of unneeded medical care include overtesting, overdiagnosis, and overtreatment. A previous AHRQ WebM&M perspective explored overuse as a patient safety problem.